|19 July 2013|
|Domantas Sabonis says his father and Chris Bosh are his biggest influences|
Lithuanian center Domantas Sabonis talks to FIBA Europe about his earliest basketball memories and the role of his father in his development since we last saw him in a Lithuanian jersey.
The son of a basketball legend, Arvydas Sabonis, 17-year-old Domantas is one of Europe's top young big men and is hoping to use his strong inside game to lead Lithuania to success at the U18 European Championship.
What is your first basketball memory?
My first basketball memory was in the States, in Portland, when my father played in the NBA and I used to play in the backyard.
What are you biggest strengths and weakness?
My biggest strengths are in the post and rebounding and my biggest weakness is my shot.
What part of your game has developed the most in the past year?
My strength, particularly my upper body. The whole year with my club, Malaga, I've been working every day with a personal trainer so I can get stronger. We are focusing on everything - upper body strength, legs, feet. I play against older guys and last year was hard, but I'm getting stronger and it's getting easier.
Which players have influenced your game the most?
My dad and watching Chris Bosh. They are players that have influenced my game the most.
Who is funniest player on your team and who is the most serious?
Our most serious player is our captain Lukas Grabauskas and the funniest is Dainius Chatkevicius - he got a mohawk before our last game.
What are your eating requirements as a basketball player?
I eat fairly normally and just try keep a healthy diet, but I occasionally eat fast food.